Multi-modal, pre-emptive analgesia decreases the length of hospital stay following total joint arthroplasty.

@article{Duellman2009MultimodalPA,
  title={Multi-modal, pre-emptive analgesia decreases the length of hospital stay following total joint arthroplasty.},
  author={Todd J Duellman and Catherine Gaffigan and Joseph C. Milbrandt and D. Gordon Allan},
  journal={Orthopedics},
  year={2009},
  volume={32 3},
  pages={167}
}
Traditional treatment of pain following total joint arthroplasty involves postoperative oral narcotic medications and intravenous patient-controlled analgesia, both of which can result in significant postoperative morbidity. Multi-modal analgesia involving >or=2 classes of drugs acting on different receptor types may be as effective as single-narcotic/patient-controlled analgesia with fewer analgesic-related side effects. In addition, administering analgesia prior to surgery (pre-emptive) may… CONTINUE READING

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